From Unofficial Handbook of the Virtue Universe
|Alexis waiting for something to happen.|
|Known Aliases:||Magical Girl Pretty Lexi|
|Age:||Unknown; aging frozen at early twenties|
|Place of Birth:||Confidential|
|Base of Operations:||Variable|
|Known Relatives:||Talia "Lady Confusion" Morgan (sister/dimensional counterpart), Taria "Lady Discord" Morgane (sister/dimensional counterpart), Aigami (Pseudo-niece), Mirami (pseudo-adopted sister)|
|Katana, Super Reflexes|
Some magical girls have legends that span centuries, their powers passed on from generation to generation. Others are sought out and empowered by various forces to deal with new dangers.
Alexis Morgan is not one of those magical girls.
Using a heavily modified version of a transformation wand her sister bought in a store somewhere, Alexis rights wrongs and triumphs over evil!
But...is that really the way things were supposed to have happened?
An OOC note before we continue...
A lot of the information in here is not common knowledge, or are things that Alexis would actively try to hide for various reasons. (Like, say, having access to compact high-grade dimension transfer equipment...) I've decided to include it anyway, because it makes things more interesting and because some of it might be of significance storywise even if kept secret.
And of course, there's several things that can't be accurately depicted within the game due to engine limitations. But isn't that true for just about everyone?
Within Paragon City
- Supergroup: The Legendary (Rank: Rumor)
Outside Paragon City
- Mad Scientist Otaku Cabal (Member)
- Morgan & Antares (Founder)
Like her original transformation wand, the sword "Redecorator" was a gift from her sister, Lady Confusion. Though she's had it for many years, she never really developed her skill with it prior to joining the Paragon City mission. One tends to learn quickly in combat, but though her strikes are fast enough, they aren't always as strong as she'd like. Since brute force is not an available option, Alexis focuses on hitting as quickly and consistently as possible, and relies on her defenses to let her outlast opponents.
Alexis' primary defenses use a technomagical energy manipulation process known as "Field Dynamics". This system induces temporary alterations in the local laws of physics to cause weapons and projectiles to miss, ameliorate the effects of poisons and chemicals, and in general reduce or eliminate the effects of attacks.
Inside of the primary defensive layer is a simple energy shield. While relatively weak as such things go, it is generally sufficient to protect her from any attacks that make it through the primary defenses. If the shield is in danger of breaching, the system will trigger the hospital beacon to recall her before she can be injured.
Alexis has access to a storage space called Someplace Else which holds her sword and tranformation wand when not in use, her pre-transformation clothing when in transformed state, and other small items. Someplace Else is always italicized and capitalized.
Weaknesses and Limitations
- Inside of her defenses, Alexis is a relatively normal human. While quite hard to kill outright, an attack powerful enough to penetrate all her defenses before her hospital beacon triggered could cause serious injury that would take a while to recover from.
- Improvements to Alexis' defenses and special abilities generally involve integrating new components made by Morgan & Antares R&D into her transformation wand. R&D is good at what they do. The creators of the original wand were slightly less good at what they did, and when new components are integrated, the bugs in the original design tend to resurface and cause trouble until they can be tracked down and fixed. This usually seems to result in her clothes disappearing. This thankfully has no effect on her actual combat capability, but is inconvenient, embarrassing, and often makes her reluctant to upgrade despite the fact that she could really use it.
Like many other things around Alexis Morgan, the sword Redecorator has a peculiar history.
Some heroes wield swords forged by master craftsmen who have spent years honing their craft, or even years making that particular blade.
Redecorator was made in an afternoon on a space station in a universe where such were common, by a man returning a favor.
Instead of steel, orichalcum, or some other more traditional material, it's blade and hilt are formed of the same metal that station would use to repair spaceship armor. It's magical abilities result not from the efforts of powerful wizards, but from an interesting but not terribly significant accident.
For all that, it is a weapon both effective and beautiful. It's plain shape tends to be overlooked in favor of the look of the material itself - a pale, almost pastel blue metal with rainbow scintillations running along it's edge and blade. And the combined traits of the metal and the magic within it make it, though not indestructible, capable of holding up to pretty much anything that wouldn't also vaporize it's wielder.
Other than it's resistance to damage, the magical energy within Redecorator rarely has any significant combat use, though it is quite effective at opening stubborn doors. (Effective in much the same way that a satchel charge would be, mind you...)
Unlike Alexis's sword, her transformation wand is rarely seen, simply because once she's transformed, she generally has no further need to use it.
The heart of the wand is a device called the Energy Converter, which takes Alexis's own magical energy and the energy from other sources made available to it and changes them into forms more suitable for combat use. The energy is then directed by various other circuitry to form clothes, defensive fields, and other effects as necessary.
The wand has three forms.
- Wand form: This form looks like a plain silver cylinder with a black star on one end. Nominally, this mode is only for convenient storage, and it is supposed to be converted to baton form (by twisting the star on top) before transforming. However, this is not actually required, so Alexis usually leaves the wand in this form. This is the most commonly seen mode.
- Baton form: A rather dubiously decorated club with a hexagonal cross section. On the end is a black star with a neon pink frame. It makes a decent club, and it's pointy, so it's not going to be just a small injury. However, since the magical attacks that use it aren't available in the form Alexis uses in Paragon City, she usually just sticks to her sword.
- Maintainence form: In this form, the wand ceases to resemble a wand at all. It instead becomes a tangled arrangement of wires and chips that takes up most of a good-sized worktable. In this form Alexis can attach small magical items to the energy converter to upgrade her abilities, as well as troubleshoot or upgrade the wand's systems. Since this form cannot normally be entered while the transformation is active, it is normally only seen in safe and private locations such as The Legendary's base.
Most of the time when Alexis is not either transforming or working on the wand, it stays in Someplace Else for safekeeping.
In most worlds that have been visited by members of Morgan & Antares, superheroes as such do not exist. The forces that create them are found often enough, but for whatever reason they are not part of the natural order of things.
One day, an agent found a world in which superheroes were part of the natural order, but where their activity was almost entirely supressed due to a series of really stupid incidents. A plan was devised to go to this world and act as superheroes, being a force that could be neither ignored nor eliminated.
The problem with this is that typically, Morgan & Antares agents don't operate like superheroes. Someone who sees one of their operations in progress or conclusion is more likely to think of a SWAT team or a mob hit. So, someone needed to learn how to pretend to be a superhero. And as it happened, there was this world with a place called Paragon City, which had all sorts of superheroes to learn from, but was also chaotic enough that slipups would likely be overlooked.
Confusion and Discord were the first two members of Morgan & Antares to come to Paragon City. Neither of them ended up particularly enjoying themselves, and so they returned to their usual activities, but they learned enough in the time they were there to significantly aid those who would come later.
For some years, Morgan had made little use of her Prety Lexi transformations other than for cosplay or sexual purposes. But when she decided to join the Paragon City mission, that system turned out to be the most suitable way for her to operate safely there. For technical reasons which have not been adequately explained, Morgan acquired a duplicate of her original transformation device from the manufacturer, and after fixing some of it's original bugs added a new form specifically for use in Paragon City. The new device retains all of the features of the original, but for the same inadequately explained reasons, forms other than the new one are sealed and cannot be used in Paragon.
- Alexis loves her ginger ale and is very protective of it. Anyone considering spiking it had best reconsider, because she will know, and then she will wreak a Horrible Vengeance upon them.
- When untransformed, Alexis usually just goes by the name "Morgan"; the name "Alexis" and it's variants refer to her transformed state only.
- If I had read Undocumented Features Future Imperfect: Symphony of the Sword before I came up with the idea of the sword Redecorator, it might have visible in it's blade the words "The gods have granted you a sword to cut your own path." Makes sense for a sword whose power is to disintegrate walls, right? But I hadn't, therefore, it doesn't.
- Birthplace is theoretically my own, this being an avatar character. I'm just not inclined to put it up here. Weight, on the other hand, is almost certainly quite different from my own, I just have no idea what it should be.
- The formatting of "Someplace Else" is based on the original guide I read to Addventure writing. One of the important points listed was to leave an option for something else to happen, and in the examples this was usually written as "Something Else", with that capitalization and italics. I decided I liked this, and so always wrote that phrase exactly that way.
Alexis Morgan is the latest iteration of the avatar character I've been using in different RP contexts for some years. Thus, despite my general lack of interest in RPing while actually playing City of Heroes, she has a lot of background development behind her.
Several pieces of short fiction featuring Alexis can be found here.